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New Artist Azia Crosses Cultural Barriers

New Artist Azia Crosses Cultural Barriers

 Haitian Artist Azia Releases Powerful Music for Change 

We met up with new artist, Azia during her Labor Day Weekend Tour, which included a series of shows at local venues in New York City and a live performance on the Haitian Allstarz and WBAI 99.5 FM truck, at the West Indian American Day Carnival. We started off our interview with a brief conversation about fashion and we quickly moved into an in-depth conversation about life, music, politics and societal dividers. It was clear that the 22 year old,  Virginia State University alumnus, mastered the art of communication and now wants to use music as a platform to educate and empower. In this article, check out the World Premiere of her video for “Pull Up On Ya,” followed by an up-close and personal interview.   More After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Freezy “Split In Di Middle” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Freezy "Split In Di Middle" Official Music Video

The Boomshots Choice for Top Club and Carnival Banger

When this song comes on, there is a cheerleader reaction.  First you see a lunge followed by a series of forward tumbles, handstands and splits. Anywhere this song plays – whether at a dance party or behind a carnival truck, there is the same response. Rising star, Johnick “Freezy” Leo, from Saint Lucia has created a song, which sends people into a soca frenzy.  The tanatalizing, Khrome produced, Malay Way riddim, in conjunction with Freezy’s commanding vocals  interpolated with Creole makes “Split In The Middle” Boomshots Choice for Top Carnival Track. Now we present the video for this great Dennery (Kudoro) track, directed by Acid Kreationz. More After The Jump…

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Navino Next Level: New Label, Music, and Outlook

Navino Next Level: New Label, Music, and Outlook

Rising Star Overcomes Challenges and Sees Growth In Popularity

With great vocals and song concepts, rising talent from St. Mary, Jamaica, Ricardo “Navino” Fraser, is steadily gaining momentum. Recently signing to Real Live Records and releasing  the songs “Sup’n Like Suh,” “Yuh Fi Bruki, “Shallow Grave,” and “Never Touch Yet, ” Navino is seeing a steep rise in his music career. With the lyrical artillery to keep up with the best in dancehall and  new management, his fan-base is growing at a record fast pace. More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Jahmiel “U Me Luv”

HEAR THIS: Jahmiel "U Me Luv"

Jahmiel Releases Sexy Summer Song

Jahmiel received rave reviews for his Reggae Sumfest 2017 performance, described by Billboard Magazine writer, Pat Maschino as a “well paced, focused and razor sharp performance.” This artist continues to supersede our expectations and his new love song shows us a softer side of this “Great Man.” In the spring, Jahmiel collaborated with Shensea for a Troyton Music produced song about challenges of relationships, in “Tell Me.” This summer the versatile artist surely knows where his heart resides, in a love ballad entitled “U Me Luv.”  Jahmiel delivers poignant lyrics over a sensational beat produced by Dunwell Productions. More After The Jump…

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Greensleeves Records Celebrates 40th Year Anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues and Grill in New York City

Greensleeves Records Celebrates 40th Year Anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues and Grill in New York City

Star-Studded Event Captures Music in A Time Capsule

The founders of Greensleeves Records, Chris Sedgewick and Chris Cracknell launched the record label in 1977 and sky rocketed the careers of many foundation artists and cross over artists, including: Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks , Beeenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and more. Partnering with VP records in 2008, only strengthened the label’s international ties. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017,  the two powerhouses came together at B.B. King Blues and Grill, to celebrate Greensleeves’ 40th year in the music business. On the summer soltice at New York City’s hottest musical venue, the label showcased it’s shinning stars: Alborosie, Queen I-frica, and Addis Pablo.More After The Jump…

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BuzzRock’s New Album: “Nobody’s Fool”

BuzzRock's New Album: "Nobody's Fool"

New Solo Album From One of Trinidad and Tobago’s Finest Roots Artist

Sadiki also known as BuzzRock, releases his new album today, a solo album entitled “Nobody’s Fool” on his own label, Ministry of Dub. BuzzRock released four albums as part of a group but this time he is taking his baritone vocals and conscious lyrics to the world. This article contains an interview we conducted two days prior to the album release followed by an album review. More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel -“Euphoria”

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel -"Euphoria"

Vybz Kartel Makes A Sentimental Tribute To His Long Time Love

Adversity teaches appreciation for  life and relationships. Vybz Kartel lays out heartfelt lyrics to the woman who has been there for him through thick and thin, in a new track, entitled,  “Euphoria.” The tone of the song is a melancholy one despite the title. The World Boss reflects on his relationship with Tanisha Johnson, mother of his children. The lyrics sway ironically between various emotional tones: “You’re my Euphoria and I’m so sorry.”  More After The Jump…

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Saba Jenga: Black Girl Magic

Saba Jenga: Black Girl Magic

New Artist With Soulful Hip Hop and Conscious Reverberations

Saba Jenga is an ambitious woman who left her hometown in Richmond, Virginia to pursue a career in music. She was determined to hone her craft with an educational foundation in New York City. She won the 2012 “Walk This Way Award” for Best MC at St. John’s University and following this she matriculated into the New York University, Clive Davis Institute of Recording Music. During her time of study, she coined a music style of her own called “Dirty Dub,” fusing various genres of music including dub, dubstep, reggae, trap and gogo. Saba Jenga evokes the “black girl magic” ensconced  in a world with a European standard of beauty and oppression of minorities; through a culmination of cultures and sounds. We spoke to Saba, following a stellar performance at The Miss Lily’s 4/20 Celebration with International Selector, Yaadcore.  More After The Jump…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Sanchez “Wherever I Lay My Hat”

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Sanchez "Wherever I Lay My Hat"

Sanchez Music Stands The Test of Time; Classy Like The Vintage Fedora

These days Kevin Anthony Jackson, Sanchez, lays his hat in the home he made with his wife Monica Jackson at Sanmonik Productions.  However the 22 year old song, “Wherever I Lay My Hat,” remains a fan favorite. Producer,  Robert “Bobby Digital”  Dixon created the “Heavy Rock” riddim with this signature voice in reggae music in 1995. Listening to Sanchez belt out the lyrics from the song’s first note, one knows immediately that this voice was predestined by God to bring beautiful lyrics to the masses. This Friday we flashback on the poignant lyrics of this song.  More After The Jump…

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Miss Lily’s Two Part 4/20 Celebration

Miss Lily's Two Part 4/20 Celebration

Miss Lily’s Offers Up A Fun Filled 4/20 Celebration  with Art, Fine Cuisine and  Musical Heights

Most great events encompass various aspects that lead to the gestalt of the overall experience.  Events that merge disciplines are usually the most fun because they create a cultural experience. Miss Lily’s  Two Part 4/20 Celebration mixed music with art and fine Caribbean cuisine in New York City.   More After The Jump…

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Macka Diamond: Diamonds Are Forever

Macka Diamond: Diamonds Are Forever

 Macka Diamond Keeps Getting Better With Time

Dancehall artist Macka Diamond plans to take her career to the next level in 2017.  With the release of a new single, “25 inches,” her signature high-pitched, breathy vocals sound more fierce than ever. The dancehall arena is for the survival of the fittest and Macka shows that she is fully equipped with promotional photographs in full body paint. Collaborating with the best producers, she aspires to drop a one drop album and embark on a U.S. Tour. This diamond shows clearly shows that she is cut by a cloth of longevity. We spoke to Macka Diamond about how she became an empowered woman in dancehall. Interview After The Jump

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Seanizzle Realizes His Higher Purpose In Music

Seanizzle Realizes His Higher Purpose In Music

A Life Threatening Accident Causes Seanizzle to Produce Music With A Message

In the fall of 2016, Sean Reid, Seanizzle was basking in the glory of the “47 Floor” riddim, with it’s bosterous trumpet propagating over waves of jazz sounds.  Two months later, on November 27, 2016,  the producer experienced moments that changed his life forever. As Seanizzle recovered at Kingston Public Hospital, he felt thankful to be alive and had a greater appreciation for making music. We spoke with Seanizzle about his musical path and spiritual enlightenment. More After The Jump…

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